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17 October 2017

Intervision Picture Corp. ventures BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR (review)

When an ex-con convinces his girlfriend to help him rob her boss' castle of a legendary treasure, they find themselves having to solve a series of puzzles to escape from six room rigged with death traps in order to find out what lies beyond the seventh door in this Canadian eighties obscurity.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp./Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary by director BD Benedikt and actor Lazar Rockwood moderated by Canuxploitation's Paul Corupe
  • Interview with director BD Benedikt, actor Lazar Rockwood, and Paul Corupe
  • "The King of Cayenne" tribute to Toronto eccentric Ben Kerr

Vinegar Syndrome takes in AFTERNOON DELIGHTS with a SLAVE OF PLEASURE (review)

In this duo from Shaun Costello, five divorced men share the nastiest secrets of their ex-wives over a poker game in AFTERNOON DELIGHTS while a private investigator looks for a wife abducted white slavers in SLAVE OF PLEASURE.  Jamie Gillis, Eric Edwards, Roger Caine, and C.J. Laing star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS/SLAVE OF PLEASURE DVD specs:
  • 2K scans of 35mm archival elements
  • Afternoon Delights:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Slave of Pleasure:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentaries on both films by director Shaun Costello

Vinegar Syndrome documents INTRUSION (review)

Michael Gaunt made his adult film debut in this intense thriller as an assailant who menaces lonely housewife Kim Pope in INTRUSION.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

INTRUSION DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Interview with actor Michael Dattore
  • Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video investigates THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR (review)

When the cops strike out on the death of an unidentified teenager, Paolo Germi takes on his own private investigation and finds a link between underage prostitution and a kidnapping ring in Sergio Martino's giallo/police thriller hybrid.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THE SUSPICIOUS DEATH OF A MINOR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH and English subtitles for the Italian track
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "Violent Milan" interview with director Sergio Martino
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
  • First pressing includes an illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing by Barry Forshaw

16 October 2017

Fox Entertainment proclaims THIS IS US: SEASON 1 (Review)

The lives of three people who share the same birthday are inextricably intertwined with one another and their past upbringing as they seek fulfillment in love and work and emotional closure for old wounds in NBC's award-winning family drama.

REVIEW LINK: Twentieth Century Fox (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THIS IS US: SEASON ONE DVD specs:
  • Eighteen episodes on five dual layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1; Portuguese and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
  • Optional English SDH, French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles
  • "Aftershow" discussion for each episode 

Second Sight tunes into CHANNEL ZERO: SEASON ONE - CANDLE COVE (Review)

Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw star in CHANNEL ZERO: SEASON ONE based on the Creepypasta urban legend of Candle Cove, a children's television show that only airs on dead channels and influences the children of a rural Ohio town to behavior in bizarre and violent manners.  The last time the show aired in 1988, five children were murdered.  It is airing again, and only one man thinks he knows how to stop the murders from happening again.

REVIEW LINK: Second Sight (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

CHANNEL ZERO: SEASON ONE - CANDLE COVE Blu-ray specs:
  • Six episodes on two BD-50 Blu-ray discs
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo
  • Creator Nick Antosca Interview
  • Deleted Scenes

14 October 2017

Kino Lorber draws on ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK (review)

Brett Halsey, Charles Southwood, and Marilu Tolo star in Mario Bava's comic western ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK.  The titular pair of brawling buddies vie for the affections of a native girl and for the location of a treasure in gold buried in the desert.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ROY COLT AND WINCHESTER JACK Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian and partial English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Tim Lucas
  • Intermission Cards

Kino Lorber resurrects RAWHEAD REX (review)

A pagan beast rises to feed again in the Irish countryside in RAWHEAD REX, the gory eighties film adaptation of Clive Barker's short story from "The Books of Blood".


REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

RAWHEAD REX Blu-ray specs:
  • 4K restoration of the original camera negative
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director George Pavlou moderated by Stephen Thrower
  • Interview with actor Rowan Wilmot
  • Interview with actor Heinrich von Bünau
  • Interview with effects crew Gerry Johnston, Peter Mackenzie Litten, John Schoonraad, Rosie Blackmore, and cameraman Sean Corcoran
  • Interview with Stephen R. Bissette, co-creator of John Constantine, instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies
  • Animated Behind-the-Scenes Image Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Booklet essay by film historian Kat Ellinger
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collector's Slipcase

Vinegar Syndrome hires SUNNY for MORE THAN SISTERS (review)

In this double bill from Shaun Costello, Candida Royale is SUNNY, a specialist in sexual espionage hired to reign in the extravagances of a young heir by his incestuous mother.  In MORE THAN SISTERS, a psychiatrist hires a private detective to investigate the mysterious past of a patient who has nightmares of sexual abuse in a mental hospital that may or may not all be in her head.  Jamie Gillis and Eric Edwards also star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SUNNY/MORE THAN SISTERS DVD specs:
  • 2K restorations of 35mm archival elements
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Audio Commentary for MORE THAN SISTERS by director Shaun Costello
  • Trailer for SUNNY

10 October 2017

Shameless dismembers TORSO (review)

Sergio Martino anticipates the slasher with the giallo TORSO in which the coeds of the University of Perugia's summer art program are terrorized by a ski-masked killer who strangles and mutilates his victims.  Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, and John Richardson star.

REVIEW LINK: Shameless Screen Entetainment (UK) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TORSO Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Full English subtitles for the Italian track or English subtitles for the Italian-only sequences on the English track
  • "Dismembering TORSO" interview director with Sergio Martino
  • Reversible Cover

Artsploitation is dreaming of a RED CHRISTMAS (review)

Dee Wallace returns to horror as the American matron of a dysfunctional Australian family whose holiday homestead is crashed by the deformed survivor of an abortion in search of his mother and with a taste for bloody vengeance.

REVIEW LINK: Artsploitation Films (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

RED CHRISTMAS DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  •  Audio Commentary by writer/director Craig Anderson and actor Gerard Odwyer
  • "Dee Wallace Speaks!"
  • Interview with actor Gerald Odwyer
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted Scene
  • Craig Anderson Mini-Interview
  • Easter Egg

Vega Baby hears the DEVIL'S WHISPER (Review)

Sixteen year old Alex dreams of becoming a priest.  When he is given an old cross belonging to his grandfather, he starts to experience hauntings and begins to believe that a demon wants to possess him and will hurt anyone he looks to for help.

REVIEW LINK: Vega Baby (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

DEVIL'S WHISPER DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Previews

Vega Baby tracks SHORTWAVE (Review)

After their daughter disappears, a young couple retreat to a high-tech house in the middle of the woods to continue experiments in shortwave radio signals.  As they start experiencing hallucinations and violent manifestations, they start to wonder if their work has attracted a malevolent entity into their safe home.

REVIEW LINK: Vega Baby (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SHORTWAVE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.66:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Previews 

Strand Releasing watches THE ORNITHOLOGIST (review)

A bird watcher becomes lost in a Portuguese forest reserve and his search for civilization becomes a religious pilgrimage in Joao Pedro Rodrigues' erotic allegory on the life of St. Anthony of Padua.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE ORNITHOLOGIST DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

02 October 2017

VCI haunts RUBY (review)

First there was THE EXORCIST, then there was THE OMEN, now there's RUBY.  Piper Laurie stars as a former gangster's moll who runs a bayou drive-in with former gangsters staffing the concessions.  When they start to die one by one, a parapsychologist believes that Ruby's sixteen-year-old mute daughter Leslie has become a vessel for supernatural retribution.

REVIEW LINK: VCI (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

RUBY Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 2.0 mono
  • DVD
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Curtis Harrington and actress Piper Laurie
  • Audio Commentary by film historians David Del Valle and Nathaniel Bell
  • 2001 Video Interview with director Curtis Harrington
  • "The Sinister Image" TV show interviews with Curtis Harrington (2 episodes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Essay by Nathaniel Bell

Breaking Glass Pictures enters THE BASEMENT (review)

A group of college students in Bucharest celebrating graduation have their apartment party broken up and decide to conduct a seance which leads them to the labyrinthine basements beneath the apartment building that stretch out beneath the city where they discover a supernatural killer eager to take them out one by one.

REVIEW LINK: Breaking Glass Pictures (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE BASEMENT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles for foreign languages
  • English Closed Captioning for English dialogue
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Production Diaries
  • Trailer
  • Previews

Strand Releasing lives LIKE CRAZY (review)

From the director of HUMAN CAPITAL Paolo Virzi, LIKE CRAZY stars Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazotti as a pair of women in a psychiatric facility in the Italian countryside who take to the road on a madcap journey only to be confronted with the harsh realities of their lives that lead to their breakdowns.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

LIKE CRAZY DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Arrow Video USA serves up BLOOD FEAST (review)

"Have you ever had an Egyptian feast?"  Herschell Gordon Lewis' landmark gore film BLOOD FEAST is the story of a mad Egyptian caterer who worships a goddess of death and procures victims to recreate an ancient cannibal feast.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

BLOOD FEAST Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles 
  • Audio Commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis, producer David F. Friedman, and Something Weird Video's Mike Vraney 
  • Outtakes
  • Radio Spot
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Theater Announcement
  • Bonus Film SCUM OF THE EARTH (75 minutes)
  • Introduction to both films by Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • "Scum Clean Scenes" alternate footage for SCUM OF THE EARTH
  • Featurettes:
    • "Blood Perceptions"
    • "Herschell’s History"
    • "How Herschell Found His Niche"
  • 1987 Interview with Herschell Gordon Lewis and David Friedman
  • "Carving Magic" 1959 educational short
  • Bonus Trailers

30 September 2017

Masters of Cinema surveys LUBITSCH IN BERLIN (review)

Before Ernst Lubitsch made his mark on Hollywood with comedies like TROUBLE IN PARADISE, NINOTCHKA, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, and THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, he had directed roughly forty shorts and feature in his native Germany encompassing everything from fairy tales to historical melodramas to truly daring and transgressive sex comedies.  Muse Ossi Oswalda headlines I DON'T WANT TO BE A MAN as a tomboyish heiress who dresses up as a man for a night on the town only to discover that the grass is not always greener.  In THE DOLL, Oswalda plays a girl who must pose as a love doll purchased by a timid young heir when his aristocratic uncle forces him to marry.  In THE OYSTER PRINCESS, Oswalda is an American princess who wants to marry a prince and ends up with a valet.  In the Arabian nights drama SUMURUN, the favored bride of a sheik's harem wants to fun off with a cloth merchant while a minstrel show's dancer is looking for material wealth.  In ANNA BOLEYN, the second wife of Henry VIII divides a kingdom only to be herself betrayed when the king starts carrying on with her own lady in waiting Jane Seymour.  In THE WILDCAT, Pola Negri is bandit's daughter Rischka who robs a dashing soldier and becomes smitten with him even as he sets out to capture her gang.

REVIEW LINK: Masters of Cinema #175-180/Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

LUBITSCH IN BERLIN Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • I Don't Want to Be A Man (1918):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
    • The Doll (1919): 
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Interitles with optional English subtitles
    • The Oyster Princess (1919):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Disc Two:
    • Sumurun (1920):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
    • Anna Boleyn (1920):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
  • Disc Three:
    • The Wildcat (1921):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
      • Music LPCM 2.0 Stereo
      • German Intertitles with optional English subtitles
    • Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin: From Schonhauser to Hollywood - 2005 documentary by Robert Fischer (109 miutes)
  • Essays on each film by David Cairns, Anna Thorngate, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Severin Films spreads THE DEVIL'S HONEY (review)

Lucio Fulci took a stab at the erotic thriller in 1986 with THE DEVIL'S HONEY.  Jessica is involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with musician Nicky.  When Nicky dies on the operating table after an accident, she blames the doctor and abducts him with the intention of torturing and murdering him.  Brett Halsey, Corinne Clery, Blanca Marsillach, and Stefano Madia star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE DEVIL'S HONEY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Interview with actor Brett Halsey
  • Interview with actress Corinne Clery
  • Interview with producer Vincenzo Salviani
  • Interview with composer Claudio Natili
  • Stephen Thrower on THE DEVIL'S HONEY
  • Audio Essay by Troy Howarth
  • Alternate Opening
  • Theatrical Trailer

29 September 2017

Code Red auditions ALICE GOODBODY for MAD MOVIE MAKERS (review)

Sharon Kelly stars as ALICE GOODBODY, a starstruck waitress who sleeps her way up the ladder to stardom and pays dearly for it with a set of freak accidents that have her wondering "Who do I have to &^*# to get out of this movie?"  In MAD MOVIE MAKERS, a pair of cabbies decide to make a dirty movie and raise the money from their unsuspecting coworkers and family who believe they are producing a religious epic.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

ALICE GOODBODY/MAD MOVIE MAKERS Blu-ray specs:
  • Alice Goodbody (1974):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
    • Audio Commentary by director Tom Scheuer and producer Gary Maxwell
    • Alternate Title Sequence
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Mad Movie Makers (1974):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Code Red Trailers

24 September 2017

Paramount and CBS surf HAWAII FIVE-0: THE SEVENTH SEASON (review)

In season seven of the reboot of the series HAWAII FIVE-0, Steve McGarrett, Danny "Danno" Williams, and the rest of the team face off against a manipulative serial killer, terrorists, drug cartels, and face life-altering decisions in the season finale.  Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae-Kim, Grace Park, Chi McBride, and Jerry Garcia star.

REVIEW LINK: Paramount Pictures/CBS (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

HAWAII FIVE-0: THE SEVENTH SEASON DVD specs:
  • Twenty-five episodes on six dual-layer DVDs
  • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Alex O'Loughlin Photo Shoot
  • Behind the Scenes of Season 7
  • The Chun Family Legacy
  • Teilor Grubbs Video Diary
  • Gag Reel

Vinegar Syndrome takes a TRIP WITH THE TEACHER (Review)

A school field trip with four bad girls turns deadly when the bus breaks down and they the teacher accepts help from three strange bikers.  Zalman King stars in this Crown International cult classic.


REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

TRIP WITH THE TEACHER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Earl Barton and actresses Cathy Worthington & Dina Ousley
  • "Taking the Trip" interview with actress Brenda Fogarty
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot #1
  • TV Spot #2
  • Reversible Cover

Vinegar Syndrome courts PSYCHOS IN LOVE (Review)

Two grape-hating serial killers find true love in the gory eighties direct-to-video comedy PSYCHOS IN LOVE.  Strip club owner Joe and manicurist Kate are both criminally insane and quite okay with it.  When they both tire of their open relationship in which they are free to kill others separately, they decide to spice up their love life by killing as a couple.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD Combo (DVD Drive-in)

PSYCHOS IN LOVE Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed fullscreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Optional Director's Intro
  • Audio Commentary by writer/producer/director Gorman Behcard and writer/lead actor Carmine Capobianco
  • Audio Commentary by writer/producer/director Gorman Bechard
  • "Directing the Psychos" interview with writer/producer/director Gorman Bechard
  • "Playing a Psycho" interview with actor Carmine Capobianco
  • "Discussing Psychos" extended discussion between writer/producer/director Gorman Behcard and writer/lead actor Carmine Capobianco
  • Carmine Capobianco Q&A from Cinema Wasteland 2016
  • "Making Psychos" featurette
  • Original Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Promotional Image Gallery
  • Rough Edit Outtakes & Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Opening Credit Sequence
  • Highlights from the "Psychos in Love" Stage Play
  • Short Films:
    • "The Only Take"
    • "Pairs"
    • "Bartholomew"
    • "Objects in the Mirror Are Further Than They Appear"
  • Reversible Cover with classic video artwork and new artwork by Derek Gabryszak
  • Booklet with essays by Art Ettinger and Matt Desiderio
  • Limited copies purchased directly from Vinegar Syndrome come with a slipcover featuring artwork by Derek Gabryszak

Mondo Macabro hunts THE FOX WITH A VELVET TAIL (review)

Jean Sorel and Analia Gade star in this sunny Spanish-Italian giallo in which a beautiful, wealthy woman finds herself caught in a web of intrigue as she tries to determine whether her estranged husband or her handsome new lover is trying to murder her.  Rosanna Yanni, Maurizio Bonuglia, and Tony Kendall also star.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE FOX WITH THE VELVET TAIL Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "So Sweet, So Perverse" Eurotika TV special
  • Alternate Credits
  • Alternate Scene

Arrow Video crowns ERIK THE CONQUEROR (Review)

In Mario Bava's viking spectacle Cameron Mitchell and Giorgio Ardisson play the sons of a murdered king.  Separated as children, the two grow up on opposite sides and are destined to battle each other in a duel to the death.


REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1/2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

ERIK THE CONQUEROR Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH subtitles for the English track
  • Audio Commentary by Video Watchdog's Tim Lucas
  • Cameron Mitchell Audio Interview
  • "Gli Imitatori" visual essay by Michael MacKenzie comparing the film to its model THE VIKINGS
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: a collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger

21 September 2017

Cleopatra Films enters THE BLACK ROOM (review)

Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, and Domnique Swain star in this quirky horror film about a couple who move into a bargain of a house not knowing that its basement "black room" houses a demon that preys on sexual desires.  Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky.

REVIEW LINK: Cleopatra Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

THE BLACK ROOM Blu-ray specs: 
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Audio Commentary by director Rolfe Kanefsky, producer Esther Goodstein, and actresses Natasha Henstridge & Augie Duke
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Storyboards
  • Slideshow
  • Trailers

18 September 2017

Scream Factory seeks A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY (Review)

The romantic relationship between Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero that started in CAMELOT takes a dark turn in the Italian countryside as artist Leonardo (Nero) wants to get away from the city and the controlling influence of his agent/lover (Redgrave).  Finding a dilapidated Italian villa, he soon discovers that it is haunted by the beguiling spirit of a promiscuous countess whose memory begins to obsess and then possess him.  Directed by Elio Petri.

REVIEW LINK: Scream Factory/Shout! Factory (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English and Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0  mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • Interview with actor Franco Nero
  • Theatrical Trailer

Synapse Films' skin crawls with PHENOMENA (Review)

"Jennifer has a million close friends and she's going to need every one of them" in Dario Argento's PHENOMENA, a batshit crazy mishmash of the giallo, telepathic insect horror, the American slasher, and a dark fairy tale.  Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasance, Patrick Bauchau, and Daria Nicolodi star.

REVIEW LINK: Synapse Films (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

PHENOMENA Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One:
    • Original Italian Version (116 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • Hybrid English/Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • English subtitles for the full Italian track or for the Italian segments on the English track
    • US Version (83 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Disc Two:
    • Export Version (110 minutes):
      • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
      • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
      • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian David del Valle and "The Argento Syndrome" writer Derek Botelho
    • "Dario Argento's World of Horror" vintage feature-length documentary by Michele Soavi
    • Interview with Andi Sex Gang
    • Export Trailer
    • US Trailer
    • US Radio Spots

17 September 2017

Kino Lorber is seduced by a SUMMER NIGHT (review)

Lina Wertmuller hopes to sweet audiences away again with this tale of a wealthy female industrialist whose ecological causes include wiping out terrorist factions by kidnapping and ransoming a group's charismatic leader.  The two find themselves in an increasingly sexually heated adversarial relationship as they try to chip away at one another's beliefs.  Mariangela Melato and Michele Placido star.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SUMMER NIGHT Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Italian and American Theatrical Trailers
  • Previews
  • Insert booklet by Simon Abrams

Vinegar Syndrome attends the ORGY OF THE DEAD (review)

In Bela Lugosi's very own cape, Criswell and Vampira-substitute The Black Skull oversee the damnation of recently dead loose women that takes the form of graveyard topless dancing in this macabre nudie cutie written by Ed Wood and directed by A.C. Stephen.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

ORGY OF THE DEAD Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mon
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by Ed Wood biographer Randolph Grey and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter
  • Interview with actress Nadejda Dobrev
  • Interview with filmmakerTed V. Mikels
  • Still Gallery
  • Reversible Cover
  • Collectible Slipcover available with copies purchased directly from Vinegar Syndrome

Vinegar Syndrome has DARK DREAMS (Review)

Sexually-frustrated Jack and virginal Jill go up to the house on the hill and fall in with horny Satanists in the obscure porn-horror film DARK DREAMS starring Harry Reems and Tina Russell.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DARK DREAMS DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Theatrical Trailer

Arrow Video warns DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING (review)

Lucio Fulci's third giallo effort was brutal and hard-hitting piece of social commentary in which a spate of child murders in a rural Italian village bring out the worst in its citizenry as they turn on strangers and people who are different before they must admit that the killer must be one of them.  Tomas Milian, Barbara Bouchet, Marc Porel, and Florinda Bolkan star.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Video USA (US) Region A/B Blu-ray/Region 1,2 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING Blu-ray specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian LPCM 1.0
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
    • English and Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
  • Optional English subtitles for the Italian track and English SDH for the English track 
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Troy Howarth
  • "Giallo a la Campagna" discussion with genre scholar Mikel J. Koven
  • "Hell is Already in Us" video essay by Diabolique Magazine's Kat Ellinger
  • Archival Audio Interview with Lucio Fulci
  • Blu-ray Exclusive: Interviews with actress Florinda Bolkan, cinematographer Sergio D'Offizi, assistant editor Bruno Micheli, and make-up artist Maurizio Trani
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Timothy Pittides
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: a collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Howard Hughes.

15 September 2017

MVD hunts LYCAN (Review)

Six college students venture deep into the woods with insufficient camping supplies to track down the grave of a woman believed to have been a local werewolf.  As they settle in for the night, they soon realize that something is hunting them too.

REVIEW LINK: MVD Visual (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

LYCAN DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Interviews with the Cast and Crew
  • Panel Discussion
  • Theatrical Trailer

Code Red hears the CRY OF A PROSTITUTE (Review)

Henry Silva and Barbara Bouchet star in CRY OF A PROSTITUTE, a brutal and gory mafia film from the director of BURIAL GROUND and STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER.  An American-raised Sicilian hitman is hired by a don to settle a feud between two rival families in the most violent manner possible.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

CRY OF A PROSTITUTE Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Alternate US Opening Sequence
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Trailer

13 September 2017

Kino Lorber coronates FERDINANDO AND CAROLINA (review)

Lina Wertmuller tries her hand at royal court intrigue with a comic bent as Queen Maria Theresa of Austria pushes her daughter to conquer King Ferdinando of Naples in the bedroom to advance her political career.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

FERDINANDO AND CAROLINA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Lina Wertmuller Trailers
  • Essay booklet by Simon Abrams

10 September 2017

Kino Lorber presents SEVEN BEAUTIES (review)

Giancarlo Giannini stars in Lina Wertmuller's four-time Academy Award-nominated SEVEN BEAUTIES as a gangster who is jailed for murder, fakes insanity, escapes the asylum into the army, and then winds up in a German concentration camp where he plans to escape by seducing the icy and sadistic female camp commandant in this harrowing, tragic, and blackly comic meditation on honor and survival in the time of war.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SEVEN BEAUTIES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Excerpt from the Valerio Ruiz documentary "Behind the White Glasses"
  • Interview with filmmaker Amy Heckerling
  • Trailers
  • Booklet by filmmaker Allison Anders and film professor Claudia Consolati

06 September 2017

Code Red eclipses the WARLOCK MOON (review)

Before their star-making turns in HILL STREET BLUES and EIGHT IS ENOUGH, Berkeley Repertory players Joe Spano and Laurie Walters starred in this seventies sleeper horror film about a picnicking couple who stumble across a spa resort off the beaten path that been abandoned since the owner's daughter was killed and cooked by the chef on her wedding day.

REVIEW LINK: Code Red Releasing (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

WARLOCK MOON Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen transfers of the theatrical cut (83 minutes) and the television cut (89 minutes)
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Introduction by actors Joe Spano and Laurie Walters
  • Audio Commentary by actors Joe Spano and Laurie Walters
  • Interview with actor Joe Spano
  • Interview with actress Laurie Walters
  • Theatrical Trailer
Available directly from Ronin Flix and DiabolikDVD.

Vinegar Syndrome goes down on THROAT... 12 YEARS AFTER (review)

In Gerard Damiano's "reflection" on his classic DEEP THROAT, he contrasts the attitudes towards love and sex of inhibited couple Walter and Marsha with swingers Andy and Louise.  Joanna Storm, Sharon Mitchell, Joey Silvera, George Payne, Michelle Moran, Eric Edwards, and Sharon Kane star.

REVIEW LINK: Vinegar Syndrome (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

THROAT... 12 YEARS AFTER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles 
  • Audio Interview with actress Sharon Mitchell
  • Interview with actress Michele Moran
  • Interview with cinematographer Larry Revene
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible Cover

Mondo Macabro gets caught by SPIDER (review)

In this first Latvian erotic horror film, virginal Vita is convinced by her priest to model as the Virgin Mary for a mural but the attentions of libertine artist Albert set off an erotic and terrifying Freudian sexual awakening involving medieval castles and giant spiders.

REVIEW LINK: Mondo Macabro (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

SPIDER Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • Latvian LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Interview with director Vasili Mass
  • On-the-Set report from the Latvian Archives

Tempe Digital disturbs THE DEAD NEXT DOOR (review)

J.R. Bookwalter's Super 8mm zombie epic from Ohio comes to Blu-ray in a 2K restoration stacked with extras, including the earlier DVD transfer, the original VHS transfer, and multiple audio commentary tracks. The Zombie Squad travel from Washington D.C. to Ohio in search of the serum that caused the original outbreak in order to create a zombie anti-virus and run into a diabolical cult with their own use for the zombies.

REVIEW LINK: Tempe Digital (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

THE DEAD NEXT DOOR Blu-ray specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • Brand New 2K Restoration
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC pillarboxed 1.33:1 fullscreen and 1.78:1 widescreen options 
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 options for the dubbed and original cast mixes
    • Optional English SDH subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by J.R. Bookwalter, line producer and co-star Jolie Jackunas-Kobrinsky and associate producer Scott P. Plummer
    • "Restoration of the Dead" featurette
    • "Capitol Theatre Screening" featurette
    • "The Nightflight Screening" featurette
    • Behind the Scenes Footage with audio commentary by J.R. Bookwalter
    • Deleted Scenes and Outtakes with audio commentary by J.R. Bookwalter
    • Still Galleries
      • Around the World
      • Storyboards
      • Behind the Scenes
      • Production Stills
    • Trailer
    • Previews
  • Disc Two (DVD):
    • 16:9 anamorphic 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio of the original cast and classic dubbed mixes
    • Optional English subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by director J.R. Bookwalter, actor Michael Todd, and cinematographer Michael Tolochko (2005 version)
    • Audio Commentary by J.R. Bookwalter, line producer & co-star Jolie Jackunas-Kobrinsky and associate producer Scott P. Plummer
    • Audio Commentary by director J.R. Bookwalter and make-up effects artist David Lange
    • "Richards Returns" interview with actor Scott Spiegel
    • 1999 Location Tour with actor James L. Edwards
    • "20 Years in 15 Minutes"
    • Video Storyboards
    • Music Video
    • Video Preshoots
    • Auditions
    • 2000 Frightvision Reunion
    • Trailer
    • Tempe Video Trailers

Disney and ABC get "lost" in ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON (review)

All of your favorite fairy tale characters are living close-to-normal lives in Storybrooke, Maine under the curse of the Evil Queen, but an even greater evil is coming to town that threatens to end all of their stories before "happily ever after" in this ABC/Disney series from the writers of LOST.

REVIEW LINK: Disney/ABC (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON Blu-ray specs:
  • Twenty-two episodes on a five Blu-ray discs
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.78:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English SDH, French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles
  • Audio Commentary on "The Other Shoe" by producer Steve Pearlman and writers Jane Espsenson and Jerome Schwartz
  • "The Storybrooke Songbook" inside the musical episode
  • "The Fairest Bloopers of Them All"
  • Deleted Scenes

03 September 2017

Film Movement reflects AFTER THE STORM (review)

Following the recent death of his father, a once-promising writer is forced to reassess his failure to live up to his potential creatively and as a father and husband in the latest film form Kore-eda Hirokazu (OUR LITTLE SISTER).

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

AFTER THE STORM Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English and French subtitles
  • Making-of featurette (73 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews

Kino Lorber gets SWEPT AWAY (review)

Lina Wertmuller's scandalous take on gender politics SWEPT AWAY gets a brand new restoration.  When a spoiled socialite (Mariangela Melato) and an angry communist (Giancarlo Giannini) are shipwrecked on a deserted island during a yachting expedition, sparks and fists fly in a struggle for psychological and sexual dominance.

REVIEW LINK: Kino Lorber (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

SWEPT AWAY Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by documentarian Valerio Ruiz
  • Excerpt from the documentary "Behind the White Glasses" on SWEPT AWAY
  • Interview with filmmaker Amy Heckerling
  • Italian and English Theatrical Trailers
  • Trailers for other Lina Wertmuller films
  • Booklet containing essays by Allison Anders and Grace Russo Bullaro

01 September 2017

Severin Films raids TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES (review)

Jess Franco sends Lina Romay and pals to the Grand Canaries in this tale of sex trafficking and TWO FEMALE SPIES IN FLOWERED PANTIES as a pair of strippers are hired to scope out the mysterious doings at a villa across from their resort hotel bedroom for an American senator.  Olivier Mathot, Nadine Pascot, Muriel Montrosse, and Yul Sanders star.

REVIEW LINK: Severin Films (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVD Drive-in)

TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.33:1 pillarboxed widescreen
  • English and French LPCM 2.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the French dub and English SDH subtitles for the English dub
  • Interview with director Jess Franco
  • Interview with composer Daniel White by filmmaker Donald Farmer
  • Stephen Thrower on TWO FEMALE SPIES
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • BONUS DVD: The alternate Spanish version with thirty minutes of exclusive footage (in Spanish with English subtitles)

Intervision Picture Corp. and SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN (review)

A drama school project throws an entire nation into a moral panic in SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN, but that's the behind the scenes story as Meg Shanks Drama School child drama students conceive a film about a mute orphan who shows up on the doorstep of a children's home and sets off telekinetic and devil-worshiping weirdness.

REVIEW LINK: Intervision Picture Corp./Severin Films (US) Region 0 NTSC DVD (DVD Drive-in)

SUFFER LITTLE CHILDREN DVD specs:
  • 4:3 non-anamorphic 1.33:1 fullscreen
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono
  • Optional English SDH subtitles
  • "School of Shock" interview with director Alan Briggs
  • Interview with Nasty era fanzine critic John Martin
  • Trailer
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